Our Whole Lives (OWL) is set of human sexuality curricula across many age levels that is published jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. OWL combines accurate and straightforward information about sexuality with a set of core values: self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, and justice & inclusivity. OWL facilitators are trained specifically to lead this program and teach in teams.
Registration and Attendance
Shadow Rock’s OWL classes frequently fill to capacity with a wait list. Please review the schedule carefully and make plans to attend each session. Consistent participation builds trust in the group. Of course illnesses and emergencies happen… but if attendance will be a problem, you may want to postpone Our Whole Lives until it can be a priority for your family.
Parent Orientation Meeting
Attendance at one parent meeting is required for a student’s participation. Parent meetings are scheduled in the Shadow Rock Multipurpose Room on these dates:
August 11 at 12:00 noon
August 18 at 5:00 pm
Parents who have attended parent orientation previously are encouraged to participate again to get an update, meet new facilitators, and offer support and wisdom to new parents.
Participation fees of $70 are due at the parent meeting. 5th and 6th grade students also have a required book, It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris and Michael Emberley.
Our Whole Lives Kick-Off Retreat
August 25 from 3 pm to 7 pm
We hit the ground running! Topics covered will include: Introduction to Our Whole Lives, What is Sexuality, Examining Values, The Language of Sexuality, Anatomy, and Body Image.
All sessions are at Shadow Rock UCC from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will include dinner provided by families. Session topics are age-appropriate and listed by level on the following pages.
September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17
Each class will write a covenant that includes agreed-upon behavior. Parents are encouraged to ask their child about the covenant and how it’s working in the OWL classroom. Facilitators will discuss any behavior problems with the program director and with parents.